BCS: 'Progress, work to do' on playoffs

Commissioners still divided on best playoff format

Author: By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 14 2012 08:11:18 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 14 2012 08:13:14 AM EDT

The BCS conference commissioner's meeting in Chicago didn't produce a landmark overhaul of college football's postseason.

The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame representatives expected the two-day meeting to bring lengthy, heated debate as all sides were invited to share their likes and dislikes around the postseason options offered for review at the conference commissioners meeting in April.

"We made progress in our meeting today to discuss the future of college football's postseason," the BCS said in a statement. "We are approaching consensus on many issues and we recognize there are also several issues that require additional conversations at both the commissioner and university president levels."

The statement also said the sides continue to value the bowl system and its tradition.

Commissioners are divided on the best format for replacing the outgoing BCS championship model.

There was growing sentiment that the four top-ranked teams would play national semifinals with the winners meeting for the national championship with the venue possibilities to include a neutral site open for bid, ala the Super Bowl.

But recent comments from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, two of the power players in the postseason debate, indicated the "plus one" model is still a real option for some.

The "plus one" would add an additional game to the BCS but exact formats are still being determined. In essence, that format could make the top two bowl games national semifinals with the winners to play in the national championship game.